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The United States might not become a land full of 120-year-olds after all.

Annuity issuers, long-term care insurers and other companies with an interest in extreme longevity have been planning for the possibility of big increases in how long typical Americans, and especially hardy Americans, live.

Living to (and beyond) 100 will soon be the norm, but the implications for careers and retirement savings are complicated.

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shares of stock: Canadian Solar Inc.(CSIQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) to report quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion before the opening bell. General Mills shares gained 0.51 percent to $60.57 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) to post quarterly earnings at $2.62 per share on revenue of $15.00 billion after the closing bell. FedEx shares gained 0.12 percent to $192.51 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million. Canadian Solar shares fell 0.44 percent to $13.49 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts are expecting Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) to have earned $0.53 per share on revenue of $8.47 billion in the latest quarter. Nike will release earnings after the markets close. Nike shares rose 0.14 percent to $58.76 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is set to report its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday morning. The analysts consensus estimates call for earnings per share (EPS) of $0.32 and $690.27 million in revenue. Shares closed trading at $13.74 on Friday. The consensus price target is $15.21, and the 52-week trading range is $10.25 to $21.35.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Despite the potentially positive recent developments for solar investors, Johnson remains extremely bearish on solar stocks. Axiom maintains Sell ratings on the following U.S.-listed names:

    JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: YGE) Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG) Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

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    Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.32 per share on revenue of $690.27 million.
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.71 per share on revenue of $3.84 billion.
    Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (NYSE: CCE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.45 per share on revenue of $2.72 billion.
    Lands' End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $459.43 million.
    Francesca's Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: FRAN) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $145.91 million.
    Cheetah Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: CMCM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $178.04 million.
    Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.27 per share on revenue of $90.05 million.
    Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) is projected to post earnings for its first quarter.
    Fifth Street Asset Management Inc (NASDAQ: FSAM) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.14 per share on revenue of $25.12 million.

     

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) was trading down 3.7 percent Monday, while JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: JASO) was down 0.8 percent, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) 4.4 percent, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) 5.2 percent and JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) 4.4 percent.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Here are a few more notable items from the week.

    First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) completed 18 MW of solar farms in Thailand with Prime Road Group. This is a module supply agreement from First Solar and is an example of the strategy it’s moving to in the long term. Look for more projects in which the company supplies equipment but a third party does construction and owns the project. Speaking of supply agreements, First Solar signed a 140 MW module supply agreement in Australia this week. The project will begin construction in April, so this will be a source of revenue for First Solar this year. Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) sold three utility-scale solar projects totaling 59.8 MW to Fengate Real Asset Investments this week for $195.3 million. This helps monetize assets on the balance sheet, reducing risk for the business in 2017.

    That’s all for this week in solar. Earnings season in the industry starts next week, so we’ll be able to see how strategies and trends are playing out in what’s sure to be an exciting 2017.

shares of stock: Barracuda Networks, Inc.(CUDA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q3 2017 earnings report for small cap security and storage solutions stock Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) is scheduled for after the market closes onMonday (October 9th) with shares rising 9% the last time around on a good earnings report.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) was down, falling around 16 percent to $19.57. Barracuda posted upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued a disappointing forecast.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Palo Alto Networks falling over the past two years while mid capFortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) seem to have bottomed in early 2016 and have drifted higher since then:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $27.55 after the company agreed to sell itself to private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1.6 billion.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc. (NYSE: CUDA) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $27.58 after the company agreed to sell itself to private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $1.6 billion.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows FireEye underperforming small cap Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA), mid cap Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT) and large cap Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW):

shares of stock: Female Health Company (The)(FHCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Female Health Co (NASDAQ: FHCO) were down 15 percent to $1.46 as the company reported that it has entered into a merger agreement with Aspen Park Pharma.

shares of stock: Intuit Inc.(INTU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    It’s tax season — the four months when tax and small-business software providerIntuit Inc.(NASDAQ:INTU) makes most of its profit for the year. On Thursday, Intuit filed its fiscal second-quarter 2017 earnings report and issued a progress report on its tax business so far this year.Tax volumes are well off last year’s pace: Let’s review the details, as well as management’s interpretation, after a look at the headline numbers.

  • [By Alex Jordon]

    A variety of acquisitions ramps up Oracle’s presence in cloud computing, like deals with RightNow, Taleo, and Eloqua. The annual run-rate of their cloud business is already over $1 billion, larger than Workday (WDAY) and SAP (SAP) combined. New customers include British Telecom (BT), BMC Software (BMC), Siemens (SI), Yahoo (YHOO), and Intuit (INTU).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Wednesday was Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) which jumped nearly 7% to $137.88. The stocks 52-week range is $101.81 to $140.25. Volume was 4.8 million on the day compared to the average of 1.9 million.

shares of stock: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Trump’s proposal to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bodes well for small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM), but theres a bigger opportunity for the Company in theInternet of Things (IoT) space. Technology company Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) is already a leading candidate to supply the FAA with real-time aircraft tracking data in partnership with Iridium Communications with the latter having a joint venture that has partnered with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Denmark to provide air traffic surveillance (in cooperation with Harris).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with results beating expectations. Total revenueincreased 2% to $111.6 million which consisted of $86.6 million of service revenue and $25.0 million of revenue related to equipment sales and engineering and support projects.Service revenue, which represents primarily recurring revenue from Iridium’s growing subscriber base, grew 4% and was 78% of total revenue. The Company ended the quarter with 913,000 total billable subscribers, which compares to 823,000 for the year-ago period and is up from 869,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.Total billable subscribers grew 11% year-over-year, driven by growth in M2M and government customers. Net income was $24.8 million versus $26.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. The CEO commented:

shares of stock: S&P GSCI(GD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    General Dynamics (GD)  is number four in the U.S. The company provides combat vehicles; information technology solutions for the military; maintenance overhaul and repair for military aircraft; submarines; and surface ships.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    The U.S. Army wants General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) to build it a super-tank — an improvement over the ubiquitous M1 Abrams main battle tank that is currently the mainstay of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • [By Rich Smith]

    As details about the Pentagon’s plan have emerged, it’s become clear that this will be a sizable program, amounting to perhaps $1 trillion in spending over 30 years — not just to upgrade the Minuteman missiles, but also to buy new B-21 stealth bombers from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)and have General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE:HII) design an entirely new class of ballistic missile submarines (to be known as the “Columbia class.”)

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Costco or Sam’s? The debate has raged for years and typically involves a pricing breakdown of each warehouse retail giant. But what most comparisons fail to cover are all the intangibles that a membership brings things like the return policy and member services that you probably didn’t know exist until now. Here’s how the two warehouse giants stack up so you can make an informed decision:

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Return Policy (Winner: Costco)

Costco has alegendary return policy which states they’ll allow you to return any item, at any time, no questions asked.

Unfortunately, their policy was abused in recent years, especially on electronics, and has changed to a 90-day return policy on computers, TVs, tablets, cameras, cellphones, and the like. But what makes Costco’s return policy so amazing is that you can bring items back for a full refund without the original packaging, and without your receipt, as they have a record of all your purchases in their system. I was recently able to bring back a Keurig coffee maker that stopped working six months after I purchased it, and they gave me full refund, no questions asked. The only items you flat-out can’t return at Costco are alcohol, cigarettes, and special orders.

best stock investments: Gladstone Land Corporation(LAND)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Gladstone Land Corp (LAND) –

    A U.S. based farmland investment company that currently offers a plus 9% annual distribution. It owns and leases farmland in Florida, California, Michigan and Oregon with appraised land value of $79 million. The distribution is paid monthly which should attract income investors.

best stock investments: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Trump’s proposal to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bodes well for small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM), but theres a bigger opportunity for the Company in theInternet of Things (IoT) space. Technology company Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) is already a leading candidate to supply the FAA with real-time aircraft tracking data in partnership with Iridium Communications with the latter having a joint venture that has partnered with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Denmark to provide air traffic surveillance (in cooperation with Harris).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with results beating expectations. Total revenueincreased 2% to $111.6 million which consisted of $86.6 million of service revenue and $25.0 million of revenue related to equipment sales and engineering and support projects.Service revenue, which represents primarily recurring revenue from Iridium’s growing subscriber base, grew 4% and was 78% of total revenue. The Company ended the quarter with 913,000 total billable subscribers, which compares to 823,000 for the year-ago period and is up from 869,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.Total billable subscribers grew 11% year-over-year, driven by growth in M2M and government customers. Net income was $24.8 million versus $26.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. The CEO commented:

best stock investments: Jewett-Cameron Trading Company(JCTCF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Jewett-Cameron Trading Company Ltd (NASDAQ: JCTCF) shares shot up 11 percent to $13.35. Jewett-Cameron reported Q3 earnings of $0.53 per share on revenue of $16.7 million.

best stock investments: BioLineRx Ltd.(BLRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap clinical-stage biopharmaceutical stockBioline RX Ltd (NASDAQ: BLRX) as a speculative buy:

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The Chinese game of Go is one of the simplest, yet most complex games in the world. The objective of the game is to surround empty spaces or your opponent’s pieces (called stones) with your own, and remove surrounded pieces from the board. The complexity arises from the 19 by 19 grid containing 361 squares. The number of possible moves in a game exceeds the number of atoms in the universe.

Google’s AlphaGo clandestinely defeats some of the top Go players in the world. Image source: Pixabay.

In an online community known for attracting world class Go players, a previously unknown and enigmatic opponent going by the moniker “Master” emerged. Master played and won more than 50 consecutive games against some of the top players in the world. Among those players was Ke Jie, described as a 19-year-old prodigy, currently the top ranked Go player in the world. The unusual style of play led some to speculate that the Master might not be human. Those suspicions were confirmed in a tweetby Demis Hassabis, the CEO of DeepMind, a division of Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google. The mysterious Master was AlphaGo, DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-based (AI) system.

holiday exchange: Iridium Communications Inc(IRDM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Trump’s proposal to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bodes well for small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM), but theres a bigger opportunity for the Company in theInternet of Things (IoT) space. Technology company Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) is already a leading candidate to supply the FAA with real-time aircraft tracking data in partnership with Iridium Communications with the latter having a joint venture that has partnered with air traffic control authorities in Canada, Italy, Ireland and Denmark to provide air traffic surveillance (in cooperation with Harris).

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap satellite stock Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Thursday with results beating expectations. Total revenueincreased 2% to $111.6 million which consisted of $86.6 million of service revenue and $25.0 million of revenue related to equipment sales and engineering and support projects.Service revenue, which represents primarily recurring revenue from Iridium’s growing subscriber base, grew 4% and was 78% of total revenue. The Company ended the quarter with 913,000 total billable subscribers, which compares to 823,000 for the year-ago period and is up from 869,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.Total billable subscribers grew 11% year-over-year, driven by growth in M2M and government customers. Net income was $24.8 million versus $26.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. The CEO commented:

holiday exchange: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.

holiday exchange: Opko Health Inc(OPK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped nearly 15% on Thursday to record a new 52-week low of $7.13 against a high of $12.15. The stock closed at $8.37 on Wednesday. Volume was more than 3 times the daily average of around 4.9 million shares. The company reported a worse-than-expected loss after markets closed last night.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Shares of multinational pharmaceutical and diagnostics companyOpko Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK)are feeling the heat after reporting fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings. Despite a major thumping late last year, the stock gave up another 10.5% as of 3:31 p.m. on Thursday.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) , Opko Health (OPK) and Allergan (AGN) .

    Cramer was bearish on Kimberly-Clark (KMB) , Novartis AG (NVS) , Chemours (CC) and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) .

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, Cabela’s (NYSE:CAB) and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) stood out by posting greater price declines than the broader market.

    Opko Health fails a trial

    Opko Health shares slumped 19% after the biotech announced disappointing results for one of its most advanced clinical trials. The human growth hormone injection, coded as hGH-CTP, failed to produce a statistically significant improvement over a placebo pill in its phase 3 study.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Some biotech stocks have made shareholders a lot of money over the last decade. Few, though, have performed as well as Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK), Incyte (NASDAQ:INCY), and China Biologic Products (NASDAQ:CBPO). These three biotech stocks turned an initial investment of $10,000 into more than $100,000 in just 10 years. Here’s how they did it.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) dropped about 3.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $6.37 after closing at $6.61 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $12.15. Volume was about 25% higher than the daily average of around 4.6 million shares. The company had no specific news.

holiday exchange: Atkore International Group Inc. (ATKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Spencer Israel]

    3. Atkor International Group Inc (NYSE: ATKR) – Five of the six analyst ratings on the manufacturing holding company have been bullish. With the stock showing very strong technical support at $16, and currently trading at $16.68, Stockal's confidence meter is at 90%. 

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.